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NHS Contraceptive Services - England, 2011-12, Community contraceptive clinicsOfficial statistics
- Publication Date:
- 31 Oct 2012
- Geographic Coverage:
- Geographical Granularity:
- Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations, Community health services, Hospital and Community Health Services
- Date Range:
- 01 Apr 2011 to 31 Mar 2012
August 2014 Note
Table 11 is incorrect. Specifically, the figures for IU devices and IU systems from 2006-07 onwards have been swapped around. Please see the 2012-13 report for correct and more recent figures (link below). We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
October 2012 Note
It has been identified that some of the data received in relation to the NHS Contraception Services: England publication series have been under-reported from 2006-07 to 2010-11 due to a coding error. Nationally this has resulted in first attendances being under-reported by approximately 5 per cent for each of the affected years. The error has been corrected nationally for the 2011-12 publication. Previous publications have not been amended. Please see the errata note for further information. The HSCIC apologises for any inconvenience this may have caused
This annual report primarily presents information on NHS community contraceptive clinics (family planning clinics and clinics run by voluntary organisations such as Brook Advisory Centres). This has been collected since 1988-89 through the KT31 return. Information on NHS community contraceptive clinics excludes services provided in out-patient clinics and those provided by General Practitioners. However, limited data is presented for out-patient clinics sourced from the Health and Social Care Information Centre's (HSCIC) Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), prescription data from the Prescribing team at the NHS IC, and survey data from 'Contraception and Sexual Health 2008-09', a report published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on behalf of the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).
A new quarterly attendance-level collection known as Sexual and Reproductive Health Activity Dataset (SRHAD) started in 2010-11 and it is currently running alongside the KT31 return.
For this year's publication we received data from 171 organisations. 92 of these submitted full year data via KT31, 50 submitted full data via SRHAD, and 22 organisations migrated to SRHAD part way through the year. The remaining 7 organisations submitted SRHAD part year because their services were transferred either to or from another organisation.
Even though the data are collected on a completely different basis (see data quality statement), the mapping and subsequent analysis of the SRHAD data are considered to make them comparable to the KT31 data. There are some data that are not available via SRHAD and these do have an effect on the figures presented (including the totals) but these are considered to have a minimal effect on the figures.
- There were 2.5 million attendances at NHS community contraceptive clinics made by 1.4 million individuals. This represented a decrease of 4 per cent (108,000) on the number of attendances in 2010-11 (2.6 million) but an increase of 7 per cent (96,000) on the number of individuals in 2010-11 (1.3 million).
- 1.3 million women attended NHS community contraceptive clinics, an increase of 9 per cent (96,000) on the previous year (1.2 million).
- 167,000 men attended NHS community contraceptive clinics, a decrease of 2 per cent (4,000) on the previous year (171,000).
- Among women who attended NHS community contraceptive clinics, the 16-19 year old age group had the highest number of attendances per population. An estimated 23 per cent of women in this age group visited a clinic during the year while the equivalent proportion for those aged 15 and under was 8 per cent (based on the female population aged 13, 14 and 15). Approximately 14 per cent (43,000) of females aged 15 and approximately 4 per cent (27,000) of females aged under 15 (based on the female population aged 13 and 14) attended nationally in 2011-12.
- Oral contraception was the primary contraceptive method of 45 per cent of women who attended NHS community contraceptive clinics, and it remains the most common primary method. Females aged 15 attending an NHS community contraceptive clinic were - for the first time - more likely to opt for oral contraception rather than the male condom in 2011-12. Of those attending, 41 per cent chose oral contraception compared to 36 per cent who chose the male condom. This was a turnaround on 2010/11 when 38% opted for the pill compared to 42 per cent who chose the male condom. Oral contraception was also the most common method of contraception for those aged 16-17 (46 per cent), 18-19 (51 per cent) and 20-24 (53 per cent), 25-34 (45 per cent) and 35 and over (32 per cent).